American Legion holds Memorial Day program

American Legion holds Memorial Day program

CARLINVILLE (May 31, 2018) – The Carlinville American Legion held their Memorial Day program on Monday, May 29. The Carlinville Municipal band opened the program with a variety of songs. Neil and Jessica Boehm gave the memorial address.

The Boehms were both enlisted in the United States Navy; he was enlisted from 2005-10, and she was enlisted from 2004-8. N. Boehm embarked on three deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. J. Boehm embarked on two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Boehms both spoke on their time in service and what it was like for them. N. Boehm spoke about the ship they were stationed on which was the USS Enterprise and said, “It was the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier. It was the world’s longest naval vessel ever built at 1,123 feet long, 252 feet wide.”

J. Boehm spoke about being a mother while her husband was on deployment and how important it was to have the support of other military wives during that time. She also spoke on being a woman in the military. “I’ve been asked multiple times what it was like to be in the military as a woman. It wasn’t any different than a man. Once we were out on the line we did the same thing the guys did.”

They married in 2008 and have two daughters and a baby boy due in September.

The Legion then had the roll call of the deceased veterans with a placing of the flags by Cub Scout Pack #65. The Carlinville Men’s Choir sang the National Anthem after the 21-gun salute and taps. The program ended with more music provided by the Carlinville Municipal band and a social hour with cake and punch.

Jessica and Neil Boehm speak to the crowd during Monday’s Memorial Day observation at the Carlinville American Legion.